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Pakistan: Suicide bomber kills multiple officers

Islamist militants rammed an explosive-laden truck into a police station in an attack claimed by a Pakistani Taliban group.

At least 23 security officials were killed and several others were injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a police station in northwest Pakistan.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vehicle in an early-morning attack on a police station in in Dera Ismail Khan, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.

Militants opened fire and there was a shootout with the security forces, police officer Kamal Khan said.

Several people were wounded and in critical condition, said Aizaz Mehmood, an official of the state-run rescue service.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar condemned the attack and said "Such cowardly actions cannot diminish the morale of the security forces."

Tahreek-e-Jihad Pakistan claims responsibility

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is a former stronghold of the militant Pakistani Taliban group, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP. The newly formed militant group Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan, or TJP, believed to be an offshoot of the TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security forces, including the Pakistani military, from across the country were conducting intelligence-based operations against militants in the area and were based at the police station.

Pakistan has witnessed a dramatic spike in militant attacks, mainly in its border regions with Afghanistan, since the Taliban returned to power there in 2021.

In January, nearly 101 people had died in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Source: Dw

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